Surveyor dons reservist uniform for day in office

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A RESERVIST from the Armed Forces swapped his business suit for his uniform during a day at the office.

Harnish Patel, a chartered surveyor with Hughes Ellard, the independent commercial property consultancy, spent the day at the independent firm’s headquarters in Fareham to highlight the contribution of reservists in British military life.

A member of the Royal Naval Reserve, the able seaman was among a number taking part in Reserves Day, previously known as Uniform to Work Day.

The event was among a series in the run-up to Armed Forces Day.

Harnish, a member of the Royal Naval Reserves, HMS King Alfred, based in Portsmouth, specialises in information operations for the Royal Navy.

At Hughes Ellard, he provides commercial strategic property advices to business across the Solent region.

He said: ‘Being a Royal Navy Reservist provides endless opportunities, experience you would not gain elsewhere, develop new skills and adventure.

‘The high level of training not only ensures I am appropriately equipped to undertake specialist tasks in a multitude of environments but also brings key transferable skills to my profession.’

Gary Jeffries, the managing director of 23-strong Hughes Ellard, which also has an office in Southampton, said: ‘Reservists such as Harnish play an important role in Britain’s Armed Forces and his uniform was a visual reminder of that.’